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Youth WORK (Work-based Opportunities to Receive Knowledge)



Unemployment among youth rose by 654,000
from April to July 2015.
Youth unemployment in Broward continues to increase despite employers reporting a need for young employees. Employers cite a lack of critical life and soft skills (social skills such as cooperation and flexibility) as a key barrier to employment.
More than 50% of African Americans, 36% of Hispanic and 33% of Caucasian high school graduates in America are unemployed or underemployed. According to Harvard University research, occupations that require strong social skills have grown faster than others since 1980 and show consistent wage growth since 2000.
To develop critical life and soft skills for young people (14-21) through paid and unpaid opportunities to help them transition to adult full-time work.

Projects we will support, must demonstrate impact as follows:
  • Increase work-based learning experiences for young people by strengthening linkages between the business community, nonprofits, schools and post-secondary institutions to match them to opportunities so they can learn and apply life/soft skills during formative years. These robust learning experiences must engage young people over a period of time in any of the following ways:  traditional jobs, paid and unpaid internships, volunteer opportunities, job shadowing/mentoring, and apprenticeships.
Download grant cycles and eligibility document. If you are considering multi-year funding, please email Angelica Rosas at for the multi-year budget bundle.

The eligibility criteria:
Eligible applicants include:
  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status that serve Broward County
  • City or County Agencies with projects that demonstrate charitable intent in Broward County
  • If applicable, organizations must have submitted required evaluation reports for all prior grants from the Foundation
  • Current grantees must be in compliance with the terms of those awards to be considered
Other Grant Opportunities

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Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, $6,500
Teen Arts Ambassadors
30 youth, ages 14-18 will be provided with a year-round leadership development program. Through a series of mentoring workshops facilitated by community leaders, hands-on activities volunteer activities and visits to different businesses and nonprofits, youth will improve their life and soft skills and prepare them for academic and career success.

The Dennis Project, $30,000
Game Changers Youth Advisory Council
15-20 minority, low-income youth that reside in the underserved areas of Ft. Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, and Oakland Park will receive employability and life skills workshops. The youth will engage in hands-on training, learn how plan for future career success and earn a paid internship. The project will increase their independence and knowledge while working on teamwork, cooperation and conflict resolution skills.

The FLITE Center, $75,000
Let’s Get Ready to Work
60 current and former foster youth aged 14 - 21 years old will receive employability skills training following an evidence based curriculum developed specifically for youth who have been in the welfare system to ensure their ability to successfully enter and navigate the workforce. Through the addition of an Employment Trainer, soft and life skills will be taught in partnership with Children's Harbor who will also provide for job shadowing and internships that may lead to employment.

The Fruitful Field, $36,000
Grow City Youth Farm and Table Internship
10 youth (14-17) will be provided with paid work opportunities at an organic urban farm while developing their life and soft skills. The youth comes primarily from the impoverished neighborhoods of Deerfield Beach. Through work-based learning experiences as well as linkages to a variety of community members and professionals (CPA, teacher, chef, church leader, Cub Scout leader, etc.), youth will increase their sense of responsibility, work skills and soft skills, and build a strong foundation for a future career in any field.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, $70,500
Startup Tech
80 low-income students will be provided with tech-entrepreneurship courses, including sessions for soft and life skills. With their partnership with Broward County Public Schools and the National Academy Foundation students will embark on a 120 hour long hands-on internship experience. The youth will leave the project and high school career-ready based on the learning of how to think like entrepreneurs, gain highlydemanded technical skills and acquire important professional and interpersonal skills through an on-site work experience.

Taylor's Closet $10,000
25 at-risk girls will be provided with work readiness and work-based learning opportunities that will improve their employability and soft skills. While in this program, girls will learn how to job search, create a resume, interview skills, teamwork, punctuality, and communication, etc. Participants will have an opportunity to earn a paid internship position, which will increase their customer services skills while working in the Taylor’s Closet store.

At the Table: Issues that Matter 

What can your organization do to positively impact our youth? Local nonprofit leaders and residents from the community engaged in lively discussions about Youth WORK at the Community Foundation of Broward. Download topics discussed, the event presentation and view photos. 

Click on the links below to download the following:
  • Topics we uncovered in group sessions  |  Download
  • Power Point presentation  |  Download

Youth WORK #1 
Monday, January 11 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Youth WORK #2 
Wednesday, January 13 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
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